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SummerFun concert series kicks off

MERRIMACK – A small crowd of residents gathered Wednesday at the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School to hear the report on the latest soil samples, part of the ongoing investigation into chemical contamination of town water supplies, have come back with low contaminant ...

Dry spring leads to water restrictions

dry weather pattern persisting for months across Greater Nashua has led multiple communities to issue municipal water restrictions over the past week. Larry Goodhue, CEO of the Nashua-based Pennichuck Water, said local residents have generally cooperated in the midst of a lengthy spring and ...

Dry spell means more work down on the farm

LITCHFIELD – A dusty, 20-year-old Jacob McQuesten, who helps run his family’s Litchfield farm, has had a country song playing in his head recently when he thinks about the lack of rain across Greater Nashua. “All the time,” he said on Wednesday after ...

Nashua school officials reconcile budget

NASHUA – After reducing an additional $438,000 from the city’s draft education budget, school officials Wednesday night approved a budget that matches the city’s bottom line for school spending for the 2016-17 school year. The vote – which came two days ...

Merrimack teen hurt in bike crash recovering

MERRIMACK – The 13-year-old bicyclist seriously hurt Tuesday afternoon when his bicycle and a SUV collided on Daniel Webster Highway continued to recover Wednesday at a Nashua hospital, police said. The youth, whose name wasn’t released, was on his bike on the side of a ...

Rivier gets last piece of $930K nursing diversity grant

NASHUA – Rivier University last week announced the receipt of the third installment of a three-year, $930,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The final installment ...

Survey: School staff fear retribution

NASHUA – A survey of the workplace climate within the Nashua School District released by the University of New Hampshire this week found that less than half of the staff who responded believe they can express their views openly with colleagues without fear of retribution. The survey, ...

Burning vehicle extinguished at Merrimack gas station

MERRIMACK – Firefighters made quick work of extinguishing a burning SUV parked over gas storage tanks at a busy filling station on Monday afternoon, likely preventing a far worse scenario from developing. The first crew to arrive at Gulf Express, at the corner of Continental ...

City budget passes, 9-6

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess won aldermanic approval Tuesday of his first budget on a 9-6 vote, with opponents criticizing the projected 2.5 percent property tax increase and rising union salaries while city services remain relatively flat. The $247.8 million package for the fiscal ...

News Digest

Nashua HUB to host tech event Wednesday The city’s first business incubator will host its inaugural tech seminar on Wednesday evening. Business leaders associated with nashuaHUB, an open-concept work space for startups and entrepreneurs, have scheduled a two-hour event to focus on ...

Nashua couple facing charges

A man and woman from Nashua are due back in Merrimack district court in August following their recent arrests on allegations they stole items from parked cars in local apartment complexes. Derek Hammerle, 32, and Michele Nault, 26, both of 167 W. Hollis St., were booked on the charges then ...

NFR recruits start training without sight

NASHUA - Wearing blacked-out masks to simulate zero visibility in a smoky fire, new firefighters paired off last Thursday to find the second floor of a vacant farmhouse on Tinker Road, search the rooms and ultimately get out safely as a team. The exercise was part of a five-weeks ...

DES: PFOA levels may be wrong

The measured levels of a potentially carcinogenic chemical in some state water supplies may have been inaccurately reported by one of the companies conducting the testing, according to the state. A weekly update provided by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services reports the ...

Merrimack hotel plans approved

MERRIMACK - The town planning board approved a proposal last week that could lead to construction of a new hotel property at the site of the long-idle Merrimack Hotel. The proposal from Woodspring Property Management required the lot, occupied by the empty Merrimack Hotel, be split into two ...

NH promotion group seeks residents’ positive stories

If you have a great story about why you have made New Hampshire your home, there's a statewide organization that wants to hear it. Stay Work Play New Hampshire, a nonprofit that promotes the Granite State as a destination for young workers and recent graduates, is looking for nominations for ...

Police: Child in speeding car

German Zamora, the 21-year-old Nashua man arrested Sunday for allegedly driving more than 100 mph on the Everett Turnpike, faces four charges - one of which stems from his 1-year-old daughter being in the car at the time, police said. State Police Trooper Stefan Czyzowski, a member of Troop B ...

Town faces lawn watering ban

Below-normal rainfall has prompted Milford officials to ban the watering of lawns for the time being, according to a recent advisory. Officials are also "strongly encouraging" residents with wells to limit their water usage in order to protect their supply. The statement, ...

Police look to ID shooting suspect

No injuries or property damage resulted, but police want to speak with an as-yet-unidentified man in connection with reports of gunshots being fired a week ago in downtown Nashua. Police, describing the probe as "a reckless conduct investigation," said officers were called ...

My Brother’s Keeper groups develop plans

NASHUA - After the formal adoption of the White House initiative known as My Brother's Keeper earlier this year, advocates have continued their mission to improve the health, well-being and education of Gate City residents through focus groups. More than 200 communities nationwide have ...